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Puzzle crafting & workshops • Laboratorio di giochi d'ingegno • Atelier de puzzles
by Gianni A. Sarcone & Marie-Jo Waeber
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The Queen-of-Illusion puzzle
Creator/designer: Gianni A. Sarcone

This puzzle is inspired by the geometric paradox of the Serlio's Tables.
To construct this vanish puzzle, first print the picture below.

Le principe de ce petit jeu est basé sur le paradoxe des tables de Sebastiano Serlio.
Imprimez l'image ci-dessous avant de passer à la construction du puzzle.

Questo giochetto si basa sul paradosso delle tavole di Sebastiano Serlio, noto architetto
italiano del Rinascimento. Stampare l'immagine qui sotto per poter costruire il puzzle.

queen playcard queen playcard b
queen playcard 2 queen playcard 2b
© Gianni A. Sarcone
Source: Dazzling Optical Illusions, ISBN 0806983930
You cannot reproduce this puzzle for commercial use!

Puzzle workshop - Let's Start
• Follow the directions below
Suivre les indications ci-dessous
• Seguire le istruzioni qui sotto

button 1Cut • Découper • Ritagliare
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button 3Cut out the 5 pieces along the dotted lines • Découper les 5 pièces en suivant les traitillés • Ritagliare i 5 pezzi lungo le linee tratteggiate

direction 3

button 2Fold & glue • Plier & coller • Ripiegare ed incollare
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Once you have finished your 5-piece puzzle, put the Queen face up. Then, turn the 5 pieces over and re-compose the card backside. What happens? This  magic game will amaze your friends!

Lorsque vous aurez finalisé votre puzzle, avec les 5 pièces du jeu, composez d'abord la Reine. Puis, retournez les pièces et recomposez le dos de la carte. Que se passe-t-il?

Finito il montaggio del puzzle, comporre con i pezzi del gioco la Regina. In seguito, voltare i 5 pezzi e ricomporre il tergo della carta da gioco. Che succede?


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